Norse mythology refers to the mythology and religion of the Norse (also called Vikings) and Germanic peoples, which existed before their conversion to Christianity. The myths are vibrant, intriguing and unique, showcasing the beliefs and ideals of the people who believed in them.

Norse mythology is full of interesting and complex figures, such as Odin, Loki, Thor, Freya and Frigg. It can be harsh and sordid, often even fatalistic, representing the worldview of the Norse people and the harsh environment they lived in.

 

As Neil Gaiman so aptly puts it, “The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.”

 

Our series on Norse mythology covers all the main characters, creatures and events, highlighting the importance of the stories and their symbolism and relevance today.

Ragnar Lodbrok – The Myth and The Man

Ragnar Lodbrok Viking hero

Ragnar Lodbrok is simultaneously one of the most famous Viking heroes and a person so shrouded in mystery that historians are still not sure who he was.A hero of Scandinavia, a scourge to both ...

Algiz Rune – History and Meaning

Algiz rune symbol

Also known as Elhaz, the Algiz rune is one of the characters of the runic alphabet used by the Germanic peoples of Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Iceland, and Britain around the 3rd century to the ...

Trolls in Norse Mythology

Trolls Norse mythology

Norse mythology has given many unique creatures, myths, and symbols to the world, and chief among them are the various types of Norse trolls. Typically depicted as large, grotesque, physically ...

15 Best Books on Norse Mythology

Best Norse mythology books

Norse mythology is an endlessly fascinating topic which has had a profound impact on modern culture, and there have been many books written about the subject throughout history. With all the books ...

15 Unique Creatures of Norse Mythology

Creatures of Norse Mythology

The nine worlds of Norse mythology are full of bizarre mythical creatures such as giants, dwarves, elves, norns and the Kraken. While Norse mythology is predominantly about the Norse gods, these ...

11 Legendary Norse Mythology Weapons

Famous Norse weapons mythology

From the ancient Germanic tribes that plagued Rome to the medieval Viking raiders that reached North American shores, most Norse cultures have never shied away from war. This is clearly reflected ...

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